Iphonephan (6042) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - JUN 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a 12 oz bottle at the Beer Head BBQ in Falls Church VA. Pours a clear dark cola with a tan head. Licorice nose. Flavors of chocolate. Bitter roasted finish.
Mrnoluv (297) - long beach, California, USA - JUN 13, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
You can smell the licorice, coca, chocolate, the appearance is dark brown, you can see light through the glass, very light head, the taste is a huge disappointment! You taste licorice and spices, but brown sugar and molasses are almost non-existent! There is almost no sweetness to it and in fact this is a salty beer!
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 5, 2014
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Black pour with a tan head. Aroma is heavily roasted malts, molasses, and licorice, licorice, licorice. Flavor is big black licorice. It just overwhelms anything else this beer might have going on. Very unbalanced.
Oakes (15490) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown. Big liquorice aroma, anise...dame on the palate...itís a strong, slightly oily impy with lots of rich malts and a huge anisey blast, bit of booze. Not all that refined but I donít think thatís the point.
ljthiessen (1079) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Barley Brothers, Winnipeg. Black pour with an attractive mocha head. Aroma of black liquorice and allspice. More liquorice in the nose than the flavour though, which is nice. I don't mind black liquorice, so I found the flavour to be nicely balanced with caramel and chocolate notes, especially at first. Eventually the liquorice takes over a bit. Nice full-bodied flavour though - a little boozy, a little dry. Completely unique and definitely some good things going.
jefcon (1633) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Anise on the aroma, and coffee and malt in the background. Very deep and rich color in the glass, with a forward coffee palate and rich chocolate malts. The licorice is a fine-tuned accent on the beer, sped along by the high gravity. Short palate for an imperial stout, but great flavors, very friendly to the palate.
jtclockwork (14717) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with Yanick. Pours black with brown head. Nose and taste is heavy black licorice, molasses, brown sugar, smoky ash, star anise, roast chocolate and vanilla bean. Medium body.
nearbeer (4829) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
1 L. swing-top. Opaque ebony with a lasting disc of creamy foam. Aroma is licorice, anise, espresso with cream, and a note of graham cracker. Tastes of espresso, cocoa, licorice, anise, caramel, sour cream and charred green herb. Finish has some lingering notes of soy, mint, blackstrap molasses and tobacco. Heavy body is chewy and soft with a medium but smooth carbonation. To the sweet side, but has enough roasty-acidic astringency that keeps it from ever becoming sticky. The alcohol is well hidden. I would have liked this better without the huge licorice/anise nose, it was just a little too obnoxious after a short while, although the combination seems to have added some nice complexity to the taste.
bhensonb (13983) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1 L fliptop from Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. Pours very dark brown with a pretty dark tan head. Aroma is just anise. Med + body. Flavor is dark malt, treacle, chocolate and pretty much anise. The chocolate is sufficient to balance the anise. Or at least nearly. However, for those who dislike licorice, this would seem to be one to avoid. Iím getting a little burn, and donít know if thatís heat or hop. I think this one would be really interesting after some time in a bourbon barrel.
bulldogops (2039) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 4, 2014
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Rating #986 - February 16, 2014 - 1oz sample from a 1L swingtop, $10.39 CAD at Coop. 10%. Might be my lowest rating for an IS to date. Dark black pour with a weak tan head that caps nicely. Aroma is black sambuca. Black licorice dominates on the palate, and I canít get over it. Really unpleasant.